Replacing your windshield tends to be expensive if you don’t have car insurance. Even if you had insurance, high deductibles would still mean costly out-of-pocket expenses. Should you find yourself in need of a windshield replacement, the idea of cutting costs may have crossed your mind.
Maybe you’re planning to perform a DIY windshield replacement. It shouldn’t be that hard, right? Or maybe you’re going to leave it to the cheapest car repair service in town. After all, what difference would it make?
The reality is that both budget-saving attempts will leave you with a poorly placed windshield. It saves money initially but you will only end up with more expensive bills.
Why is that?
Because its effects are disastrous. In this article, we’ll explore why it’s important to have a proper windshield installation – and the consequences of not having one.
The Importance of Proper Windshield Installation
Most car owners think that a vehicle’s main body is primarily responsible for keeping them safe. However, it’s actually the windshield that has the greatest importance in passenger safety. In fact, it comprises 70 percent of a vehicle’s structural integrity. The windshield prevents the car roof from caving in during high impact collisions. It’s easy to see why proper installation is important. Compromising the integrity of your windshield, if only to save money, will lead to grave consequences.
The Consequences of a Badly Installed Windshield
A poorly placed windshield won’t be as tough as one that’s been properly installed. Besides, the replacement is probably made of low-quality glass. Both can make your windshield prone to breakage and cause you to spend twice more on a replacement.
2. Decreased visibility
Eventually, those small chips and cracks will become larger and spread across your windshield. Unless you replace it immediately, the driver will experience decreased visibility of the road ahead. It’s an accident waiting to happen, and the passengers will be at constant risk.
3. Ineffective airbag support
The placement of your windshield can also affect the performance of your airbags. Depending on how badly they were installed, the airbags might fall off during a collision, or they won’t inflate to their full capacity upon impact.
Either way, the lives of the driver and the side passenger will be put in serious danger. They will be at risk of suffering traumatic head and neck injuries from the steering wheel or the windshield caving in. Low-quality windshield is also more likely to shatter and cause cuts and wounds.
4. More expensive bills
The average windshield replacement runs anywhere from $200 to $500. The actual rate will depend on the vehicle type and maker. If a car repair shop hands you a lower quote than the average, then you are essentially placing yourself at risk. A cheap windshield replacement could only mean two things:
- That you will receive poor services
- Your windshield will be replaced with low-quality glass
It may seem like you saved money. But if you consider its dangers and the possibility of having to replace the bad windshield, you’ll end up spending more money than you bargained for.